Community Engagement Coordinator

Position Objectives

The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (“PAM”) seeks a full time Community Engagement Coordinator to increase participation by residents of several historic neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul, build community leadership, and expand the capacity of residents and businesses to determine their hopes, needs, and solutions. This is a full-time (40 hours per week), grant-funded position through August 2017.

Organizational Description

PAM leads and inspires people to connect with historic places, promoting community vitality. Through its programs and services, PAM advocates for a new understanding of preservation that can enhance community vibrancy on a broad spectrum, including activities that directly impact economic and social well-being. PAM is a creative and collaborative organization. Staff is empowered to develop and implement new ideas and program concepts.

Thanks to a grant from the McKnight Foundation, PAM has the opportunity to explore new ways of connecting people to places through August 2017. The Community Engagement Coordinator will be a lead staff person for this work. He or she will work closely with PAM’s neighborhood partners in developing relationships, strategies, and programs. Primary goals of this position will be to engage underserved community members, solicit ideas, cultivate local leaders, and build place-based programming that leads communities to self-determined outcomes, while identifying valued neighborhood cultural assets. Special attention will be given to reaching under-represented populations and those typically not interested in or available to participate in traditional meetings.

PAM operates with a budget of approximately $800,000 and is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors. PAM offices are located on the 4th floor of Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th Street, in downtown St. Paul. While standard office hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, it is anticipated that the Community Engagement Coordinator will need to work frequent evenings and weekends; flexible scheduling will apply to this position.

Position Information and Location

This is considered a full-time, at-will position, grant funded through August 2017. Employment after that date will depend on available funding. The Community Engagement Coordinator is an employee of PAM and reports directly to the Preservation Support Services Manager. This position will be based in PAM’s St. Paul office, but will require frequent travel throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Community Engagement Coordinator must have personal transportation available for use; mileage expenses will be covered for work-related travel. Salary range: $35,000 – $40,000. Benefits include transportation/parking reimbursement, monthly cell phone reimbursement, and generous paid leave.

Position Responsibilities

  • Community Organizing: Introduce the Preservation Alliance to community groups, residents, and businesses through door-knocking, one-on-one meetings, engagement events, and other activities. Develop mutually supportive relationships with and between organizations and individuals.
  • Assist in planning, promoting, and staffing events and activities that will foster community engagement.
  • Organize, convene, and facilitate an Advisory Board made of neighborhood leaders and residents to share information and ideas with local policy leaders, including elected officials.
  • Identify and develop relationships with outside partners and allies that will help the Preservation Alliance in its mission and program service development and delivery.
  • Assist in researching and developing a policy and action plan for ongoing community engagement efforts by the Preservation Alliance, working in collaboration with senior program staff, the executive director, and key volunteers.
  • Report Community Engagement activities to the program supervisor, executive director, Board of Directors, and outside funding partners.
  • Share communications about Community Engagement activities broadly with the public, including organizational promotional and outreach materials, social media and blog posts, and website updates.
  • Develop community awareness of the Preservation Alliance, actively build connections, and be a positive, dynamic presence for the organization and the value of cultural heritage assets in community development.
  • Function effectively as a team member and problem solver in order to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Preservation Alliance are met.
  • Provide support as needed for other projects and programs, including work in greater Minnesota.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired Qualifications

  • Understands and embraces efforts that promote racial, social and economic equity and asset-based community change. Capacity to work cross culturally to achieve understanding and results. Ability to establish and maintain trust readily with a diverse set of partners.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated understanding of and experience with authentic community engagement.
  • Proven track record of organizing and motivating people to accomplish mutually agreed upon goals. Ability to work with diverse groups and parts of the community, and to mediate/negotiate/build consensus/resolve conflict.
  • Excellent personal accountability with self-motivation and strong project management, time management, and priority setting skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Experience working in partnerships and collaborations, across sectors and with multiple partners.
  • Ability to think strategically and long-term while managing time-sensitive duties. Experience taking ideas from conceptualization to implementation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role culture, history, and heritage have as a foundation for building strategies in cultural communities.
  • Familiarity with the geography and history of neighborhoods in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • Fluency in a language other than English is highly desired.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred and/or 3-5 years relevant paid or volunteer experience in nonprofit and/or community work.
  • Proficient computer skills including Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Power Point, Publisher), Outlook and SharePoint, and ability to work with WordPress. Design skills a plus.
  • Must have personal transportation available for use, ability and willingness to travel throughout Minneapolis-St. Paul on a regular basis, and outside the metropolitan area on occasion.

Knowledge in any of the following areas will strengthen a candidate: fundraising, arts, community economic and real estate development, historic preservation, graphic design, planning, and law, environmental or land use law, urban and regional planning, governmental relations, business administration, customer service and retail sales, finance, advocacy and community organizing, organizational development, budgeting, marketing and communications, special events administration, and/or information technology.

Transportation and Physical Requirements

The Community Engagement Coordinator may be asked to travel for up to 5 days at a time (including overnight) and work a varied schedule that includes nights and weekends. Access to reliable transportation is necessary. The Community Engagement Coordinator may be asked to lift and transport up to 50 pounds and stand or sit for prolonged periods of time at conferences, meetings, or events.

Equal Opportunity

PAM does not discriminate against, or intimidate, or prevent the employment of any person or persons on account of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

How to Apply

Email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to Erin Hanafin Berg, Preservation Support Services Manager, ehberg@mnpreservation using the following format:

  1. Email your cover letter and resume as a single PDF. Please do not send DOC or DOCX or multiple files.
  2. Title the PDF with your full name, for example “Jane Doe.PDF”. Please do not title it “PAM Cover Letter and Resume”.

This position is open until filled.

No phone calls, please.

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